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Game No. 85 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves

Can Houston finish the short series sweep of the Braves?

MLB: Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (57-27) vs. Atlanta Braves (40-42), July 5, 2017, 6:35 p.m. CT

Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV
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Pitching Matchup

RHP Joe Musgrove (4-7, 6.01 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, .335 BABIP, 4.63 xFIP) vs. LHP Jaime Garcia (2-6, 4.35 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, .257 BABIP, 4.36 xFIP)


The Houston Astros (57-27) improved to 30 games over .500 with a 16-4 win over the Atlanta Braves (40-42) on Tuesday. The Astros will send out RHP Joe Musgrove (4-7, 6.01 ERA) in game two.

Houston recalled Musgrove to make his 14th start after being optioned to Triple-A Fresno following nine runs over 3 2/3 innings against the Seattle Mariners on June 23. Musgrove pitched seven scoreless innings in his one Triple-A start, June 29 against Albuquerque.

Musgrove faces the Braves for the second time in his career, he allowed two runs over six innings in a win on May 10. Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia each had a solo home run against Musgrove.

LHP Jaime García (2-6, 4.35) starts for the Braves. García struggled during the month of June with a 0-3 record with a 6.75 ERA in five starts. García was 0-3 with a 4.62 ERA in six starts at home this season.

García faced Houston on May 10, he allowed four runs on six hits over six innings in a loss. García is 3-7 with a 6.36 ERA in 12 career starts against the Astros. Marwin Gonzalez is 4-for-9 with a home run against Garcia. Jose Altuve is .429 (9x21) with a double and two RBIs. Nori Aoki is 7-for-20 with three strikeouts.